World Military Size 1985-2022

Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organization, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces.
  • World military size for 2019 was 27,671,000.00, a 0.09% increase from 2018.
  • World military size for 2018 was 27,645,315.00, a 0.84% increase from 2017.
  • World military size for 2017 was 27,414,000.00, a 0.47% decline from 2016.
  • World military size for 2016 was 27,542,350.00, a 0.38% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
World 27,671,000.00
East Asia & Pacific 7,993,000.00
OECD members 5,936,000.00
South Asia 4,922,000.00
Latin America & Caribbean 2,788,000.00
Sub-Saharan Africa 1,951,000.00
European Union 1,910,000.00
North America 1,460,000.00
Euro Area 1,445,000.00
World Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2019 27,671,000.00 0.09%
2018 27,645,315.00 0.84%
2017 27,414,000.00 -0.47%
2016 27,542,350.00 0.38%
2015 27,437,280.00 0.47%
2014 27,309,630.00 0.38%
2013 27,206,623.00 -3.37%
2012 28,154,374.00 0.48%
2011 28,020,079.00 -0.40%
2010 28,133,971.00 0.75%
2009 27,924,096.00 1.57%
2008 27,493,342.00 0.88%
2007 27,253,882.00 0.83%
2006 27,029,682.00 -5.29%
2005 28,539,442.00 5.38%
2004 27,081,142.00 -3.84%
2003 28,161,400.00 -0.51%
2002 28,306,950.00 0.34%
2001 28,211,700.00 -3.89%
2000 29,353,100.00 -0.78%
1999 29,584,140.00 -1.14%
1998 29,926,660.00 0.21%
1997 29,863,220.00 -1.10%
1996 30,196,640.00 0.05%
1995 30,182,200.00 30.12%
1994 23,195,000.00 -2.30%
1993 23,741,000.00 -3.23%
1992 24,533,000.00 7.95%
1991 22,726,000.00 -4.98%
1990 23,918,000.00 -1.56%
1989 24,298,000.00 9.40%
1985 22,209,230.00 9.40%